Guide to Traveling While Studying Abroad

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For many, “study abroad” is practically synonymous with “travel”. Traveling to your host city, traveling on course-related trips, and perhaps traveling on weekends and holidays – studying abroad opens up the world for you to explore.

Get excited (and prepared) for your upcoming travel with advice from IES Abroad Correspondents. Whether you’re a first-time traveler or a regular globe-trotter, build your travel toolkit with tips on traveling solo, apps to download, and more.

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Trip Planning

Tori Lyons (IES Abroad London | Johns Hopkins University) explains her top four pieces of advice for study abroad students eager to travel.

Travel Tips, Tricks & Thoughts

Traveling in Morocco? Keep these transportation tips in mind when planning your trip: Transportation in Morocco by Yu Chen (IES Abroad Rabat | Tulane University).

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Solo Travel

Madison Weaver (IES Abroad Dublin | Bucknell University) shares her tips on staying safe while traveling alone, and ways to make the most of your independent adventuring.

The Smart Student's Guide To Traveling Alone 

Headed to Japan? Check out more specific solo travel tips: Independent Travel In Japan For Females by Payton Letko (IES Abroad Nagoya | Illinois Wesleyan University).

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Useful Travel Apps

After traveling for 12 days in a new country where she didn’t speak the language, Hannah Geller (IES Abroad Granada | Penn State University) compiled her recommendations on apps to download before you take off.

10 Apps You Can't Travel Without 

Studying abroad in China? Get up to speed with popular apps for navigating Shanghai: Integrating Chinese Apps into My Daily Life in Shanghai by Lexi Kelley (IES Abroad Shanghai | Lafayette College).

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Respectful Tourism

A trip to Machu Picchu allowed Audrey O’Donnell (IES Abroad Buenos Aires | University of Tulsa) to reflect on how to develop and practice cultural awareness while traveling.

On Being A Respectful Tourist

From day trips to week-long adventures, read more stories and advice on Field Trips & Travel from IES Abroad Correspondents. And be sure to start your study abroad journey by checking out our program finder.  

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